Implications of stone quarrying on community livelihoods in Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district.
MetadataShow full item record
Although quarrying is economically a lucrative business, it has various socio-economic and environmental impacts for instance land degradation, air pollution and health related problems. However, very little has been documented to ascertain the extent of these impacts in Kigorobya subcounty, Hoima district. This study was based on a cross-sectional research design which accommodated both qualitative and quantitative methods. The study was based on both primary and secondary data. It used random and purposive sampling methods to obtain the sample. The study used direct observation, key in formants interviews and questionnaires to collect data. The collected data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. Results were displayed in tables, bar graphs and pie charts. This study found out soil erosion, household cracks, physical injuries, air pollution and deforestation to be the common problems associated with stone quarrying in the area. Further, the results indicated that some households benefited from stone quarrying. These findings provided a benchmark to the district authorities on how to improve stone quarrying activities in the area so as to benefit the community without destroying the environment.